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Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000, resumesample@example.com
Summary

Twenty-two years of legal office experience Paid consultant for legal office personnel in the legal community Worked on numerous highly confidential top security risk cases with discrete professionalism Exceptional written and oral communication skills Excellent organizational skills promoting consistent deadline completion Superior Research and analytical skills (Westlaw, Lexis) Advanced Computer skills in WordPerfect, Microsoft programs, legal research applications Worked with numerous trial teams in civil plaintiff and defense litigation in Texas and Missouri Experience working with state and federal court systems and state regulatory agencies Ability to work under pressure with patience, poise, and professionalism Outstanding people skills Personable Legal Assistant who displays the utmost level of professionalism and confidentiality. Follows directives and employs all necessary steps to excel in high-pressure situations.

Highlights
  • MS Office proficient
  • Westlaw and LexisNexis
  • Travel and event coordination
  • Case management

  • Defense law familiarity
  • Office management
  • Database management

Accomplishments

Selected by partners to review office procedures and head implementation of new protocol.

Appointed as Lead Legal Assistant to senior level-management on defense of professional liability cases.

Experience
2001 to Current Legal Assistant Verizon | Temple City, CA,
  • Federal Government Agency providing legal defense to indigent defendants under the Criminal Justice Act.
  • Assist four attorneys with their criminal defense work in the Federal Court System.
  • I ensure that attorneys are organized to improve their efficiency in the fast paced federal court environment and enable them to meet deadlines by anticipating scheduling conflicts, taking care of client and court personnel communications, and using discretionary analysis in problem solving.
  • Developed trial preparation and organizational presentation methods for trial cases Improved legal assistants' efficiency and professionalism standards Demonstrated superior customer service in providing compassionate public service Updated office law library that was in disarray Ability to work on high-security risk cases maintaining confidentiality to our clients.

Met with clients and other legal professionals to discuss case details.Monitored legal volumes to verify that the law library was up-to-date.Conducted client interviews and all client intake services.Interpreted and relayed legal information in a clear format for clients.Processed all assigned cases according to company and client service level agreements.Managed communication with courts regarding status of petitions and granted orders.Drafted various court documents, invoices and enclosures at attorneys’ request.Used computer databases, credit reports, tax and legal filings to locate persons and compile information for investigations.

08/2000 to 2001 Administrative Assistant Mistras Group | Ponca City, OK,
  • Supplier for ready-mixed concrete, construction aggregates, asphalt, and landscaping materials to West Texas and Southern New Mexico.
  • As administrative assistant to CEO and owner Stanley Jobe, I worked with the company's legal department and in public relations.
  • Researched permitting and regulatory processes for the industry.
  • Worked with state and federal regulatory agencies and environmental agencies to ensure that company operations and permitting were according to state and federal regulatory standards.
  • In public relations, I was the spokesperson for the company's Partners in Education program with the El Paso Independent School District, and with various charitable organizations in fund raising events.
  • I worked with the legal team organizing volumes of research and scientific data for the defense of environmental lawsuits against the company.
  • Increased efficiency in the environmental and industrial permitting process.
  • Improved public relations image with local businesses, residents, and civic organizatio.

Completed case research via LexisNexis and Westlaw databases.

04/1998 to 06/2000 Legal Assistant Verizon | The Colony, TX,
  • Defense Law Firm providing legal defense in civil professional liability cases, employment and labor law cases.
  • Worked as a Spanish/English translator in the Workers' Compensation Department in depositions and industrial claims.
  • Within three months promoted to assistant to Mr.
  • Blanchard, a senior partner in the firm.
  • Maintained his calendar, appointments, court schedule, and travel itinerary.
  • Mr.
  • Blanchard's chief liaison with client insurance companies and professional liability defendant clients.
  • Implemented efficient organization for high document volume litigation files.
  • Enhanced the value of the Workers' Compensation Department with my bilingual skills.
  • Improved interpersonal communications with professional clientele.

Met with clients and other legal professionals to discuss case details.Conducted client interviews and all client intake services.Interpreted and relayed legal information in a clear format for clients.Processed all assigned cases according to company and client service level agreements.Managed communication with courts regarding status of petitions and granted orders.Drafted various court documents, invoices and enclosures at attorneys’ request.Corresponded daily with clients, insurance adjusters, doctors and attorneys.Composed and typed routine letters of correspondence.Acted as the point of contact for all incoming co-counsel requests.Redacted confidential information from all legal documents on a case by case basis.Drafted, received and tracked due diligence checklist.Organized legal memoranda and client correspondence.Opened new claim files.

11/1996 to 04/1998 Paralegal Clear Channel Outdoor | Virtual, TX,
  • Tort and personal injury law firm specializing in medical malpractice lawsuits Assisted attorney with legal research, investigations, analyzed and organized discovery, trial preparation, exhibit presentations, organized litigation files, drafted pleadings and correspondence, conducted initial interviews with clients.
  • Maintained contact with clients, attorneys, court personnel and insurance adjusters.
  • Restructured the trial exhibit preparation process and document management process Developed and coordinated legal and scientific research to produce a multi-million dollar verdict for our plaintiff in an environmental toxic waste lawsuit Established procedures for increased effectiveness in management of trial cases Highly efficient in complicated liability cases consisting of multiple defendants, voluminous discovery, medical and/or technical reports and research.

Met with clients and other legal professionals to discuss case details.Completed case research via LexisNexis and Westlaw databases.Monitored legal volumes to verify that the law library was up-to-date.Conducted client interviews and all client intake services.Collected data to prepare and draft settlement packages for clients.Interpreted and relayed legal information in a clear format for clients.Processed all assigned cases according to company and client service level agreements.Managed communication with courts regarding status of petitions and granted orders.Drafted various court documents, invoices and enclosures at attorneys’ request.Corresponded daily with clients, insurance adjusters, doctors and attorneys.Drafted legal complaints, summons and interrogatories.Composed and typed routine letters of correspondence.Acted as the point of contact for all incoming co-counsel requests.Issued subpoenas for all necessary records in preparation for trials.Trained new employees on office equipment and job duties.Used computer databases, credit reports, tax and legal filings to locate persons and compile information for investigations.Drafted, received and tracked due diligence checklist.Organized legal memoranda and client correspondence.Opened new claim files.

08/1990 to 10/1996 Office Manager/Legal Assistant Jones & Georges, P.C | City, STATE,
  • Civil litigation partnership specializing in professional liability torts Assisted the partners with legal research, discovery, trial preparation, exhibit presentations, organize litigation files, draft pleadings and correspondence in personal injury, family law, commercial litigation and professional liability cases.
  • Managed the business aspect of the law firm, accounts receivable, accounts payable, purchasing, payroll, federal and state payroll reports, and personnel hiring and training.
  • Implemented office procedures and case management procedures improving operations Learned and utilized innovative electronic technology of the time to create electronic fill-in forms and macros for legal documents for increased office efficiency and used available computer technology to enhance the firm's trial presentations Successfully managed the firm's accounting software to facilitate business management Provided training to legal office personnel in the legal community on office technology.

Met with clients and other legal professionals to discuss case details.Completed case research via LexisNexis and Westlaw databases.Conducted client interviews and all client intake services.Collected data to prepare and draft settlement packages for clients.Interpreted and relayed legal information in a clear format for clients.Processed all assigned cases according to company and client service level agreements.Managed communication with courts regarding status of petitions and granted orders.Drafted various court documents, invoices and enclosures at attorneys’ request.Corresponded daily with clients, insurance adjusters, doctors and attorneys.Drafted legal complaints, summons and interrogatories.Composed and typed routine letters of correspondence.Acted as the point of contact for all incoming co-counsel requests.Organized legal memoranda and client correspondence.Opened new claim files.

Education
Expected in August 2013 to to Bachelor's Degree | Business Management/Finance University of Phoenix, El Paso, Texas GPA:

Emphasis in Finance

Coursework in English, Communications and Writing

Expected in to to Certificate, Legal Assistant | International Business College, El Paso, Texas GPA:

Legal Secretary training programCoursework in English, Communications and WritingBusiness English and Legal Terminology seminarsTop [<Number>]% of class

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School Attended

  • University of Phoenix
  • International Business College

Job Titles Held:

  • Legal Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Assistant
  • Paralegal
  • Office Manager/Legal Assistant

Degrees

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Certificate, Legal Assistant

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